Breaking Down in Virginia – Top Five Safety Tips

Breaking down on the highways of Virginia or North Carolina is not just stressful; it’s dangerous.

Earlier this year, there was a terrible accident on I-264 in Virginia Beach in which a pickup truck hit a broken down car. Tragically, this wreck led to the deaths of two children.

In this video, I talk about wrecks that occur after breakdowns. Sadly, this is a common scenario. When you are traveling on the interstate or elsewhere, you should always look out for broken-down vehicles.

However, if you break down, you should never assume other drivers will have your safety at the forefront of their minds. Here are some basic precautions you should take in the event of a breakdown.

1 Get Your Car Off the Road

If your car fails on you, try to coast along the shoulder for some distance so as you are away from curves. Poor visibility is a major cause of wrecks.

2 Don’t Cross Busy Roads

If your car dies on the road, don’t get out of it unless the road is clear. It can be unnerving to sit in a broken car but rushing out of it on foot across a fast-moving highway is a deadly course of action.

3 Make a Call

Call the emergency services as soon as possible if you are in a dangerous location. Then call a breakdown service like AAA or through your insurance company. It makes sense to get breakdown cover.

4 Use Alerts and Signals

Turn on your emergency flashers. If it is safe to get out of your car, place a hazard triangle or flare about 50 feet behind your car to give other drivers more warning about the breakdown.

5 Find a Level and Safe Place to Make Repair

If you need to change a flat tire, you need flat ground. Do not change a flat tire on the side of the shoulder facing a busy highway. Aim to change the tire away from traffic. Ideally, get your car off the road and into a parking lot. Call for assistance if you are unable to change the tire.

At Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, we have helped people who have been injured when hit after a breakdown. All cases are different, and no former result can be an indicator of a future one. We negotiated a $3.5 million settlement for family members in a wrongful death case after a truck hit a stricken car on I-64 in Norfolk.

If you have been involved in a wreck due to the fault of another driver, call us at (757) 455-0077.

Jim Hurley


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